As you would experience in Asia, there's an intricate weave of culture and religion from Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity to Islam that are expressed across the island in colour, art, architecture, food and sounds
I like this termite mound because my mum told me that it helps to gather together all the clouds and form a rain. And all the rain drops and all the plants grow. The termite mound grows because it comes from all the sacred stories. The rains make the bush tucker and bush medicine grow new shoots
Hamilton island is one of 90 islands that are collectively known as the Whitsundays, famous for turquoise sea and the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef. The islands were originally home to the Ngaro Indigenous people who are also know as the 'Canoe People.'
People in Rural Pune and around Jamkhed typically live in houses constructed from grass and dried cow manure. They sleep on the floor, whole families in a tiny space and have no running water or electricity. Fires are used to cook food and there is very little ability to grow vegetables because of drought.
Looking after Goats
The village elders are critical in engaging the community and promoting the development of healthy behaviours. While black magic and witch doctors are the traditional healers, village elders are essential to changing attitudes and giving legitimacy to outsiders who want to help.
The Farmers Club brings together landowners and the 'landless' to break down barriers, whereby unifying knowledge and efforts to have greater impact.
Antenatal Check Up
On the Farm
Collecting Water from the Wells
Hospital Outpatient Clinic
Inside the Wards at CRHP
The wards at CRHP are usually filled with families of patients who are responsible for supplying meals, dressings and other consumables because of the limited funds available to sustain the centre.
CRHP Operating Theatre
I was fortunate enough to witness an appendicectomy and a hysterectomy being performed side-by-side while at CHRP. Creating this level of healthcare in such a remote setting is an enormous feat.
As with most developing health services, maximising the capacity that already exists within communities is the most effective way to penetrate and enable accessibility to healthcare. Women in remote communities are trained to be health workers and are supplied a small "doctor's bag" to use.
Inside a Clay Mud House
Pumping Water from the Wells
The Caste system in rural India continues to create discrimination and segregation between people. One of the ingenious ways that CRHP tackled this was to build Wells (that are the only source of water in the drought-ridden areas) in the centre of the communities of 'lower castes'.
Originally they had not considered the impact the castes would have on the control of water, but quickly realised that if the wells were in certain areas, people of lower castes would be barred from access. By carefully selecting the position of the wells, people from higher castes are forced to come together with people they would normally avoid.